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Xbox One to support external video capturing

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The Xbox One will allow users to capture video from the device with external devices, Microsoft Game Studios vice president Phil Spencer told Polygon.

In response to a question about whether the HDMI-only Xbox One would support gameplay capture given the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) digital rights management system, Spencer's answer was direct.

"Yep," Spencer told Polygon. "Exactly like it works today [on the Xbox 360]."

Users won't be able to capture all video content from the console, he said, using a stream that supports HDCP encryption as an example of a case where it won't be possible.

"If all you care about is getting the gameplay, you're fine," Spencer said.

Internally, the Xbox One will also record the last five minutes of gameplay, which will be stored locally on the hard drive. Microsoft will also give developers access to a system designed to capture "magic moments" like "when something epic is about to happen in the game," corporate vice president of Xbox program management Ben Kilgore told Polygon earlier this year.